The conversion to digital TV won't affect a lot of people, but it seems to be generating no small amount of confusion.
The changeover is set to happen Feb. 17 — that is if it isn't delayed by Congress — and only a small percentage of the TV-viewing population needs to do something about it.
To repeat: You don't have to worry if you get your television through cable or a satellite TV service.
If you get your TV over the air, but you have a newer set with a built-in digital tuner, you're still OK.
It's only if you get TV through an antenna on an older, analog set that you need to act.
You can buy a new TV. You can sign up for cable or satellite service.
Or you can buy a digital converter box for between $40 and $80.
However, the problem is that the federal program to provide $40 coupons to cover part of the cost of a converter has run out of money.
That means people trying to get a coupon by the Feb. 17 deadline may be out of luck.
Concerns over the coupons and the outreach efforts meant to make sure people are prepared are prompting President-elect Barack Obama and others to call for a delay in the deadline.
Do you think the conversion should be delayed? Have you bought and set up your converter box already?
Did you upgrade to a new TV or cable/satellite service instead?
What do you think of the fact that Congress is mandating this change? And do you think the concern over the conversion is being blown out of proportion?
People have a lot of questions, too many to answer in this space, so here's a few Web sites worth checking out:
Also, www.tvfool.com, is an interesting site for the technically inclined that answers everything from the coverage area of local stations to what direction you should point your TV antenna.
And YouTube has an amusing video look at the conversion:
— Stephen T. Watson